Skip to Content
  • Michael Price

    Male Scientists Tend to Favor Work in Work-Life Balance

    A great many studies over the years have looked into how female scientists manage their work-life balance, that is, how they divvy up time for professional and familial commitments. Fewer have focused on how male scientists do the same. A new survey presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting last week in Denver and repor… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    An Ivy League Ph.D.: Not All Advantages

    A while back we commented on an astute essay about choosing an adviser written by Karen Kelsky, a former tenured anthropology professor and department chair who now uses her ability to decode cultural systems as a professional career consultant to aspiring academics. Now, at Inside Higher Ed, Kelsky turns her penetrating eye to another se… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Community Colleges as Training Resources for Scientific Careers

    For science-based careers, some people assume that graduate school is essential.   A program at Montgomery College (MC), the public community college–yes community college–for Montgomery County, Maryland, on 18 August graduated 18 people trained to work as managers of clinical trials. (Unlike most community college progra… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Contest Seeks Biotech Business Pitches

    The Journal of Commercial Biotechnology invites aspiring biotech entrepreneurs to enter their business pitches in its Biotech Pitch Contest. Each quarter of the year, the person submitting the best business pitch will win a free one-year subscription to the journal.  “This contest promises to deliver enhance [sic] visibility for nascent… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Rewarding Students for Being Wrong

    Ordinarily, students are trained to provide correct answers.  But, coming up with original ideas–the kind that really make a difference–often requires first being wrong, and sometimes repeatedly, notes Williams College math professor Edward Burger in an eye-opening and inspiring essay at Inside Higher Ed.  So, to teach student… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    “The Factors That Have Made Academe Less Appealing”

    For many graduate students and postdocs, a tenured position at a reputable university is the most devoutly desired goal. Computer scientist Terran Lane, a former associate professor at the University of New Mexico, however, attained the position so many dream of and then gave it all up, including tenure, to go work for Google. He… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Monkey Business in the Lab?

    Giving new meaning to the term “laboratory misconduct,” a lab technician found “drunk and not fully clothed in the locker room for technicians of an animal research lab” at Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta has been placed under arrest, reports Inside Higher Ed. In addition to the errant technician, two of t… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Where Is the Frontier of Science?

    Vannevar Bush, who designed the architecture of American research at the end of World War II, called science “the endless frontier.” Last week, while vacationing at Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, I got a surprising insight into what he meant. I first rode the gondola lift to the top of Sulphur Mountain overlooking… Read More
  • Michael Price

    Breaking Taboos about Grad Students in Distress

    A couple of weeks ago, current postdoc Micella Phoenix DeWhyse (a pseudonym) contributed an article to Science Careers trying to put into words the overwhelming stress and pressure that so many science grad students face. It was an essay designed to help explain how the graduate experience can take its toll on one’s mental well-bein… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    A Useful Report on the Responsible Conduct of Research

    The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has issued a new report on the responsible conduct of research (RCR) and how to teach it in graduate programs. Research and Scholarly Integrity in Graduate Education: A Comprehensive Approach, summarizes CGS’s Project for Scholarly Integrity (PSI), which was funded by the United States Office of Research… Read More